Quote from TazziRN
RN34, the OP specifically asked for opinions about which specialty area.
I am in the ER, I have been since graduating in '88. I love it. The idea of going into the ICU, with all those machines, scares me to death. However, some of my classmates went into ICU and they were scared to death of getting people with parts hanging off and holes where there weren't meant to be holes. I remember one classmate saying, "You put them together and give them to me, I'll maintain them until they get well or die." It just depends on what you have an interest in. If you're not sure, or if you think you'd like both, then accept a preceptorship in one and then cross train in the other later on.
I guess I was commenting on the OP getting cautioned to go to med/surg before entering another specialty.
In that case, I second your thoughts on going where one has a genuine interest.
But if the OP is torn between the two.....wouldn't it be easier to start in ICU and then cross train to ER later?
I'm asking because I really don't know. I've never been a real ER nurse, only floated occasionally to help out in staffing crunches.
You made the comment about all of the "machines" scaring you so I was thinking that maybe getting trained to ICU first might be the better way to go.
I don't know.
The OP needs some input from someone who has worked full time for a while in both ER and ICU settings to get a more knowledgeable comparison between the two.